On Sunday the 28th of October Toni Storm finally achieved her dream as she claimed the Mae Young Classic at the first ever all women’s PPV in WWE history, Evolution. The Australian defeated Japanese sensation Lo Shirai in the final to win the title. With a lot of fans wanting to know “just who is Toni Storm” we look at her career in independent circuit as well in the UK.
Storm started wrestling at the age of 13 and by the time she was 18 had made the move to the UK. In her early days in Australia Storm was a regular for Chaos Championship Wrestling, PROWL Wrestling and appeared for the likes of Impact Pro Wrestling Australia, All Action Wrestling and Gippsland Pro Wrestling.
In 2013 and 2014 she worked for new promotions including most notably Melbourne City Wrestling where she would cross paths with Evie and Demi Bennet.
In 2014 she moved to the UK to start training there and working shows. 2015 saw Storm competing for All-Star Wrestling, a place that stars such as Juice Robinson and Daniel Bryan have worked and associated with helping them learn.
Storm became one of the biggest stars on the British wrestling scene after originally only planning on coming to England for a short stint of training. Her talents soon caught the eye of Triple H and WWE and she is now part of the newly-launched NXT UK brand.
Success never comes without hard work and sacrifice and it was Storm’s mother that helped her reach to level that she is at today by selling Hotdogs. Speaking Heraldsun she said “She was reluctant about me wanting to become a wrestler at the start as I was very young, but after a lot of nagging she let me when I was 13,”.“My mum was on her own with me and my little sister so we didn’t have much.
“So because she couldn’t afford the fees, what she’d do is go to each show and help sell hot dogs and drinks and for that they agreed to train me for free.
At just 23 years old she has already been to the peak of Japanese wrestling, German wrestling, the British wrestling scene and even the WWE. A star that has such a bright future in wrestling also has the ability to take women’s wrestling by storm.